Unbelievably, summer is long over and we’re already nearing the end of October, which means the fall and winter holidays are fast approaching. While we can certainly debate whether it’s actually “the most wonderful time of the year,” I think we can all agree it’s one of the busiest times of the year.
When you factor in shorter days, additional social commitments, increased spending on treats, food, drink, and gifts, plus the complexities of relationships together with our regular work and personal routines, it can all get to be a bit much.
First up, of course, is Halloween. Typically a holiday for the young ones who go in search of candy and other goodies door-to-door, it’s become more popular with adults in recent years, and it’s now one of the USA’s most celebrated and commercialized holidays. Moms, Dads, and other adults of all ages aren’t content to stay at home and simply pass out candy on Halloween night anymore. Instead, they’re putting on own costumes and going out—to parties, to scary movies, to local “haunted” venues, or just to stroll the neighborhood and people/ghoul watch.
Luckily, we get nearly a month’s respite before the next major holiday, Thanksgiving. Commonly associated with copious amounts of food and overindulgence, not to mention a time to give thanks and be grateful for what we have, it’s also become synonymous with shopping, great deals, and . . . did I mention shopping? Of course, this leads us right into the next major holidays, Christmas, Chanukah, New Years, and various other year-end celebrations. While each is a time for people, family, and reflection, each is also a time for gift giving, more food, more drink, and more social interaction—all of which come with their own do’s and don’ts.
In future blogs, I will get into more about these holidays as they near. In the meantime, however, let’s take a look at a list of Fall & Winter Holiday Life Hacks designed to keep you on track through the new year:
1. Get plenty of rest and stay rested. You may be tempted to try to do it all, but you’ll really just end up wearing yourself down. One or two late nights won’t do you in, but a never-ending slew of them just might.
2. Stick to your regular routines as much as possible. If you’re a student, go to class as you normally do. If you’re a business traveler or work for a living, stick to your daily work schedule. Familiarity and routine will make it easier for you to avoid distractions during the holidays and remain productive.
3. Plan your social activities as much as possible. While we all like to be spontaneous, planning your holiday social calendar can help you avoid feeling as though you’re being pulled in 10 different directions. Plus, you’re less likely to miss seeing/visiting someone accidently.
4. Batch up your shopping trips, either online or in-store. Whether you’re buying Halloween candy, Thanksgiving trimmings, or holiday gifts, it’s often more efficient and less costly to make fewer trips for more items than it is to suffer through the slow “drip-drip” of picking up things here, there, and everywhere.
5. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Sometimes, you just have to say “no.” You can’t be in more than two places at once, nor can you be all things to all people. If someone wants you to attend their Halloween party but you’re already committed, maybe you can see them at Thanksgiving or New Year’s (or the other way around).
6. Exercise restraint. Just because there seems to be a bottomless bowl of candy in front of you, or an open bar, doesn’t mean you have to partake to the extreme. You (and probably those around you) will be happy you did, especially the day after.
7. Take time for the little things. Enjoying the holidays isn’t always about parties and lights and excess food and drink. Often times the quiet moments are what count most: walks with a loved one, a chance meeting with a friend, making a gift for someone special, or simply taking time to reflect on the year that’s passed and the one to come.
8. Don’t go it alone. Not everyone has a big family or an impressive roster of friends. If you’re alone or feeling lonely, or you’re new to your town or city, don’t be shy—join in! Office parties, community events, and volunteer opportunities are great ways to get out, meet people, and contribute.
9. Find balance. Sometimes people have a tendency to be all play and no work during the holidays, letting their job responsibilities fall by the wayside in favor of merrymaking. Likewise, some people can be too much work and too little play. As is the case all the year through, the best solution is to find a balance that works for you and your loved ones.
1o. Keep moving when the weather gets tough and the days grow short. If you lead a mobile lifestyle, the fall and winter months are bound to drag you down. When it’s dark outside, it’s tough for students to get up for those early morning classes or for busy travelers to gear up for pre-dawn flights. It’s even tougher after a long school day or workday to get motivated for a dinner, networking event, or study session when darkness descends in the early evening.
Granted, Mobile Edge can’t do anything about the weather or the length of day, but we can make it easier for you to get from place to place with your gear. Our laptop cases, backpacks, bags, and our new Professional Rolling Laptop Case and matching Professional Backpack were designed for busy travelers, corporate road warriors, students, gamers, and other people on-the-go . . . and they might be just what you need to stay on track this holiday season.
What tips do you have for making it through the fall and winter holidays in one piece? What lessons learned can you share?
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